Planning Lessons Around a Big Idea
This week I was at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe where I went on a photographic treasure hunt. I had lesson planning on my mind, especially concerning lessons that would be meaningful and engaging and based on a big idea or commonality. I returned to a structure I have used much in past - working from Ernest Boyers' Human Commonalities.
There are eight commonalities that people have shared throughout time and geography, one of which is that we all use symbols. The symbol I decided to hunt for was the hand.
I walked through the museum, looking for hands everywhere. These pieces here are milagros, little miracles, that represent prayers or thanks. The Museum's collection is one of the first exhibits you see on entering.
Hands are one of the earliest symbols found and usually seem to have a positive intention. Think about the open hand we offer in friendship.